I recently took a peek at this online, interactive history of Oracle Corporation. When I got to the year 2008, I was surprised to see no mention of the production release of Exadata–the HP Oracle Database Machine. The first release of Exadata occurred in September 2008.
Once I advanced to 2009, however, I found mention of Exadata but I also found a couple of errors:
Blog update 2012.02.28: I’ve received countless inquiries about the storage used in the proof points I’m making in this post. I’d like to state clearly that the storage is not a production product, not a glimpse of something that may eventually become product or any such thing. This is a post about CPU, not about storage. That point will be clear as you read the words in the post.
In my recent article entitled How Many Non-Exadata RAC Licenses Do You Need to Match Exadata Performance I brought up the topic of processor requirements for Oracle with and without Exadata. I find the topic intriguing. It is my opinion that anyone influencing how their company’s Oracle-related IT budget is used needs to find this topic intriguing.